Do you have Citi Blocks ? When we first got this award-winning toy, I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Then, we started using it not so much for building, but for simple, Montessori-type learning activities.
We built a road, maintaining a particular color pattern. We made a painting on the ground, using these simple blocks and finally, we used them to create letters. Kids love the action of physically building words, as opposed to simply creating words on paper, so my kids, especially the preschooler, really enjoyed this activity.
I put an index card with a short word, written on it, on the carpet and the kids had to make this word out of blocks.
I let my kids be as creative as they wanted to be, hence some letters are short and others are really long.
This activity teaches letter recognition, spelling, color recognition, fine motor skills, hand eye coordination and early writing skills.